Jameis Winston picks up the Davey O'Brien Award

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles drops back to pass in the first quarter while taking on the Auburn Tigers during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on February 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 9:25 PM

FORT WORTH — Two months ago, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was in New York to pick up the Heisman Trophy.

This week, Winston came to Fort Worth to pick up the Davey O'Brien Award, an honor that has been presented to the top college quarterback for more than three decades.

"It means a lot, especially since it started with just quarterbacks in 1981," Winston said. "You see the quarterbacks — Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Troy Aikman and those guys — it’s phenomenal."

Six weeks ago as a freshman, Winston led the Seminoles to a national championship over Auburn. He's been credited for his leadership which helped his team win that title.

"I think it comes from my confidence and me always feeling that any voice can be heard," Winston said. "I kind of learned that from Martin Luther King Jr., because he went through a lot, but his voice is always heard."

Winston also plays baseball for Florida State, and will be playing in a game at Jacksonville University on Tuesday. The Texas Rangers even selected him out of high school in the 15th round in 2012, but decided not to accept their offer.

"I love baseball, and obviously I had to talk to my family and see how things were going to work out, but I decided to just play baseball and football in college," Winston said.

This trip to Fort Worth will be the first of two scheduled visits that Winston will make to North Texas. The second will come in late August when Florida State plays Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. That will be in the Cowboys Classic on August 30.

"Well, we've got this motto," Winston said. "We want to begin in Dallas and end in Dallas. That's all I’ve got to say right there."

And if his team does, it'll mean he's had a chance to play for a national championship two years in a row.

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